Byzantine Fan-Shaped Pendant
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Granulation, the ancient technique of enhancing a surface with miniscule gold beads, lends a decorative quality to this Roman-inspired pendant. Hammered gold and a sprinkling of diamonds soften the edgy triangle’s motif and lend it a luminous finish. Handcrafted in Greece in 18K gold. 0.26 ctw diamonds. Chain measures 16.5 inches.
Contemporary designs meet ancient inspiration in the rich yellow gold of Lalaounis. Founded by fourth-generation jeweler Ilias Lalaounis in the 1960s, the company revived ancient Greek goldsmithing techniques, creating modern jewelry inspired by the country's rich archeological heritage. Following in the footsteps of their father, today the four Lalaounis sisters – Aikaterini, Demetra, Maria and Ioanna – are transforming five generations of tradition into wearable jewelry for modern women. Worn by style icons from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor yesterday to Scarlett Johansson and Charlize Theron today, the company’s designs are also exhibited in the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum in Athens.
Like a miniature work of art, this hammered gold and diamond pendant incorporates the ancient technique of granulation or gold beading, one of jewelry’s most labor-intensive processes which dates back to the 3rd century B.C.